New Study Exposes Scandalous Fatwas of Brotherhood and Salafis in Egypt

brothReprinted from Gatestone Institute.

As the full ramification of the Muslim Brotherhood’s year in power continues to be exposed, a new study by Al Azhar’s Fatwa [religious opinion] Committee dedicated to exploring the fatwas, or Islamic decrees, issued by the Brotherhood and Salafis—the Islamists—was recently published.

Al Azhar, in Cairo, is considered by many to be one of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic universities in the world.  The study, written by Al Azhar’s Dr. Sayed Zayed, and entitled (in translation), “The Misguided Fatwas of the Muslim Brotherhood  and Salafis,” reveals a great deal about how Islamists view women.

The Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm summarized some of the Al Azhar study’s main findings and assertions on November 15 in a report entitled (in translation), “Muslim Brotherhood fatwas: A woman swimming is an ‘adulteress’ and touching bananas is ‘forbidden.’”

According to the report, “fatwas issued by both groups [Brotherhood and Salafis] regard women as strange creatures created solely for sex. They considered the voices of women, their looks and presence outside the walls of their homes an ‘offence.’ Some went as far as to consider women as a whole ‘offensive.’”

The study addressed 51 fatwas issued during the rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Among them, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis “permitted wives to lie to their husbands concerning politics,” if the husband forbids her from being supportive of the Islamists or their agenda; she may then, through taqiyya [dissimulation] a Muslim doctrine that permits deceit to empower Islam, still be supportive of the Islamists while pretending to be against them.

The study similarly revealed that some of these fatwas decreed that women who swim in the sea are committing “adultery”—even if they wear a hijab: “The reason behind this particular fatwa, from their point of view, is that the sea is masculine [as with other languages, Arabic nouns are gender specific, and “sea” is masculine], and when the water touches the woman’s private parts she becomes an ‘adulteress’ and should be punished.”

Moreover, “Some of these fatwas also forbade women from eating certain vegetables or even touching cucumbers or bananas,” due to their  phallic imagery, which may tempt women to deviate.

Other fatwas decreed that “it is unacceptable for women to turn the air conditioning on at home during the absence of their husbands as this could be used as a sign to indicate to neighbors that the woman is at home alone and any of them could commit adultery with her.”

One fatwa suggested that marriage to ten-year-old girls should be allowed to prevent girls “from deviating from the right path,” while another prohibited girls from going to schools located 25 kilometers away from their homes.

Another stated that a marriage is annulled if the husband and wife copulate with no clothes on.

These fatwas also sanctioned the use of women and children as human shields in violent demonstrations and protests, as these are considered jihads to empower Islam.

Even slavery was permitted, according to the study: “the people who issued these fatwas [Brotherhood and/or Salafi members] demanded the enactment of a law allowing divorced women to own slaves,” presumably to help her, as she no longer has a man to support her.

An earlier report (summarized in English here) listed some other fatwas issued by the Brotherhood and Salafis during Morsi’s tenure: advocating for the destruction of the pyramids and sphinx; scrapping the Camp David Accords; killing anyone protesting against ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (which happened and is one of the main charges against the imprisoned Brotherhood leadership); forbidding Muslims from greeting Christians; forbidding Muslim cab drivers from transporting Christian priests (whose clothing makes them identifiable); forbidding TV shows that mock or make light of Islamists; and forbidding women from marrying any men involved with the former Mubarak government.

Predictably, the Al Azhar study criticizing the Brotherhood/Salafi fatwas concludes by saying that only al Azhar, which styles itself as a moderate institution, is qualified to issue fatwas.  Of course, one of the most sensational of all fatwas—“adult breastfeeding,” which called on women to “breastfeed” strange men, thereby making them relatives and justifying their mixed company—was issued by Al Azhar, but later retracted.   And it is apparently this retracting that makes Al Azhar more moderate than the Brotherhood.

Meanwhile, the Salafis—who, in light of the Brotherhood’s ousting have become Islam’s standard bearers—continue successfully to push for strict Sharia interpretations, the very sort that justify the above fatwas,  in Egypt’s new constitution.

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  • tracy

    We need to act as Angola did.No Islam period,they are dangerous like the plague to us, and the world.

  • laura r

    what do we care about these idiot islamic people? what they think, why they think. as long as they are not chopping off out heads, let them go w/out airconditioning. i find it hard to imagine huma sweating it out in brooklyn.

  • john spielman

    The only onclusion that I can draw from these fatwas is that the muslim sheiks and imams are perverts and obsessed with sex, completely consistent with their founder- that demon possessed mass murderer thief liar pedophile and false prophet mohammed!

  • Dyer’s Eve

    I know where those nut cases should insert their bananas.

  • Freddy

    Let me get this straight. A woman cannot swim in the sea because it’s masculine and it would touch their genitals. But it’s o.k. for a man to swim in the sea and have that same masculine water touch their genitals. Masculine on feminine is NOT o.k. Masculine on masculine IS o.k. Sick and twisted “religion”.

  • Texas Patriot

    Keep up the great work, Mr. Ibrahim. Overcoming the carefully calculated and carefully perpetuated pretense that Islam is a “religion of peace” is going to take a lot of work. Basically it involves the tedious and laborious process of connecting the all the dots until the the truth emerges and the entire picture becomes clear and plain for all to see. You’re on the right track. Bit by bit, the tide is turning. Hang in there.

  • v

    One wonders how in hell was this religion started and how in the hell did it appeal to so many. My guess it originated in Hell and spread the same way the plague spreads, like a contagious disease.